10/23/14 12:42am
Harris Teeter Old Town Grand Opening

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Harris Teeter welcomed shoppers to its new Madison & St. Asaph store at The Kingsley last night on Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014. There was quite a crowd for the ‘Taste of Teeter’ event (another shot of the Madison Street crowd is here). While I was at the store, I learned of an important development surrounding the store. More on that in a moment…

Harris Teeter Old Town Grand Opening

Here’s a short review (after the jump…).

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10/22/14 10:31pm

APD badgeThe Alexandria Police Department is conducting a death investigation in the 3200 block of Landover Street. Around 2:09 p.m. on Wednesday, October 22, 2014, officers responded to assist the Fire Department and medics with a person who may have fallen or jumped from a balcony. Upon arrival, they located the victim and he was pronounced dead at the scene. The cause and manner of death will be determined through an autopsy.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Sergeant Michael Kochis at 703.746.6285.

10/22/14 12:43pm
The Hubert N. Hoffman Mausoleum is moving in Eisenhower East

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Got a tip from a reader who said there was work going on at the Hoffman Mausoleum in the Eisenhower East neighborhood of Alexandria this morning.

Here’s why…

As we told you last month, the Holiday Inn on Eisenhower Avenue had quietly shut its doors over the summer in order for a re-zoning and expansion of the current hotel on the property. We have also told you that in addition to the expanded hotel, Hoffman Management has set their sights on the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) for this area as well. So, in order for the re-zoning and expansion of the hotel to occur, the Hoffman Mausoleum is moving to a nearby cemetery.

If you did not know about the mausoleum and/or are unsure who Hubert Hoffman Sr was, I ENCOURAGE you to read/re-read John Kelly’s column from a few year’s back. It is something we have linked to before and is well worth a couple of minutes to read. Jay Roberts has a fascinating look at the history of the Hoffman property at this link.

Here’s an excerpt…

If you’ve ever seen a movie at the AMC Hoffman theaters, worked at either of the high-rise Hoffman office buildings, stayed at the aforementioned Holiday Inn or otherwise trodden any of that part of Alexandria known as the “Eisenhower Valley,” you can thank Hubert N. Hoffman Sr .

Where others saw swamp, “Dutch” Hoffman saw opportunity.

In fact, that’s what’s carved on a stone outside the mausoleum: “This Will Always Be the Land of Opportunity.” Answer Man wonders whether “the land” refers to the United States of America or to the 71 acres near Telegraph Road that Hoffman purchased for $200,000 in 1958.

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The land he bought in 1958 was not promising. Basically swampy scrub, it was home to a trailer park and a landfill. But the real estate salesman who showed Hoffman the acreage promised that the Beltway would be coming through.

Even so, it took six years to find a lender who would front Hoffman money to build the hotel. The Hoffman Co. remembered those lean years in a 1983 press release: “Throughout this long period, there were only two people who believed in this old swamp: the good Lord and Hoffman. Sometimes Hoffman thought there was just one.”

One was enough, if that one was Dutch Hoffman.

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The Hoffman mausoleum is a bit incongruous, sitting as it does right near the hotel parking lot and within a flung hubcap of the Beltway offramp. But it’s screened on one side by evergreen trees and surrounded by pleasing landscaping. Through the glass of the locked door, a visitor can see the crypt that contains Mildred and Dutch. There’s an Oriental rug on the floor and various items atop the crypt, including a photo of Dutch Hoffman sitting behind a desk.

Read more at this link.

You can view photos of the Hoffman Mausoleum at this link.

10/22/14 10:56am

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As we told you first almost three months ago, Sugar Shack Donuts is bringing its mega-deliciousness northward to Alexandria in the Braddock Road Metro/Parker Gray area of Alexandria.

Sugar Shack Donuts offers everything from cinnamon sugar and strawberry iced house doughnuts to maple bacon specialty doughnuts and “monster” doughnuts like Maggie Walker’s Signature Dragon Tails and of course, really good coffee.

They’re hiring! See the image above from the forthcoming storefront for details.

10/22/14 9:53am

For our morning links, while you slept, showered, shaved, and got your Starbucks, we scanned the local papers, blogs, and websites to find the most interesting stories in them you might have missed.

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10/21/14 4:23pm

Albert Bryan Courthouse Alexandria, Virginia
Ismail Elmas, 49, of Vienna, Virginia, pleaded guilty today to defrauding more than 10 of his investment advisory clients—many of whom were seniors and widows—of more than $1 million in funds they entrusted to him to invest on their behalf.

Dana J. Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; and Andrew G. McCabe, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office, made the announcement after the plea was accepted by U.S. District Judge Anthony J. Trenga.

Elmas was charged by criminal information on October 21, 2014, on wire fraud charges. Elmas faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison when he is sentenced on January 16, 2015. The maximum statutory sentences are prescribed by Congress and are provided here for informational purposes, as the sentencing of the defendants will be determined by the court based on the advisory Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

In a statement of facts filed with the plea agreement, Elmas admitted to having worked as an investment adviser at Apple Financial Services (AFS), an affiliate of Apple Federal Credit Union (AFCU), during the time of his offense. Elmas also was registered with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) as an investment adviser. In addition, he owned and operated a bank account in the name of “I.E. Financial Solutions.” From at least 2012 through in or around August 2014, Elmas misappropriated client funds given to him for legitimate investments in his capacity as an investment adviser, and he used those funds for his own purposes by way of his I.E. Financial Solutions bank account at NFCU. Elmas misappropriated these client funds in different ways. For example, he materially withheld the fact that I.E. Financial Solutions was his own bank account, never telling his clients that they were giving their money to his own purported investment vehicle. In other instances, Elmas falsely described I.E. Financial Solutions to clients as a particular investment vehicle (e.g., a Certificate of Deposit or a Real Estate Investment Trust). And for other clients, Elmas simply transferred the funds to his I.E. Financial Solutions account without providing truthful disclosures about the use and disposition of the funds. As a result of Elmas’ scheme, more than 10 victims lost more than $1 million but less than $7 million.

10/21/14 2:32pm

UPDATE: Removed the Yates Corner 7-Eleven photo, added a link to the 7-Eleven response and added a note. We have encouraged the people who sent the video to us to contact 7-Eleven and encourage any witnesses to the incident to do the same.

UPDATE 2: The author of the video states this incident occurred at the 7-Eleven located on South Reynolds Street in the West End of Alexandria.

*WARNING-Graphic Language* As you can well imagine, there is quite a bit of graphic language in the video above. For whatever reason, if you can’t see the embedded Facebook post above, click this link.

In the video, a 7/11 clerk refuses to sell a bag of chips to an African American customer. A nice lady intervenes and has to purchase the bag of chips herself.

NOTE: The folks at Yates say the incident did NOT occur in their franchise store on East Braddock Road as we were led to believe and say they have nothing to do with it or the viewpoints and actions of the store in question. We are reaching out to the people who provided us the information about the incident again to see if we can correctly nail down where this occurred in the Alexandria, Virginia area. 7-Eleven has responded on Facebook to this video as well.

Wow is all I can say about this. What do you think? I got a tip that this occurred over the weekend at the Yates Corner 7-Eleven in Alexandria, Virginia located on East Braddock Road.

If you’re as outraged about this as I am, contact 7-Eleven directly at this link.

(H/T Brad)